**This was originally written for The Patriot’s Press.
President Obama has been enormously successful in changing many people’s somewhat subconscious perception of the world into that of a high-school atmosphere– constantly trying to portray himself (and, consequently, the United States) as the “cool kids” by continuing to support radical regimes around the Middle East with hopes of becoming even more “popular.” While reading his remarks to the United Nations General Assembly yesterday, I found myself thinking many of the same thoughts I have thought before while watching his speeches: I agree with most of his words, but his actions don’t match up to those words. As much as I liked the empty speech, there a few key points that he hasn’t seemed to pick up on. This high-school theme was displayed in parts of the President’s speech yesterday, and I want to go through this “high-school drama” piece-by-piece; in his attempts to become the cool kid in this high-school-like world we live in, President Obama is becoming more and more like the impetuous high-schooler who’s desperately hoping to be voted homecoming king.
“That is what we saw play out in the last two weeks, as a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. Now, I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity. It is an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well – for as the city outside these walls makes clear, we are a country that has welcomed people of every race and every faith. We are home to Muslims who worship across our country. We not only respect the freedom of religion – we have laws that protect individuals from being harmed because of how they look or what they believe. We understand why people take offense to this video because millions of our citizens are among them.”
Pssst– the protests still have nothing to do with the video; which, by the way, was released in July. Did the “unplanned” protests take this long to coordinate? Looking at this from the high-school-world viewpoint, by trying to appease the popular crowd, the high-schooler is hoping to earn brownie points by continuing to spew forth the story they give him even though that story is far from the truth. By going with the flow and believing what (most of) the Middle East is claiming as the reason for the attacks on the United States, President Obama is hoping to gain more credibility but is instead further diminishing our respect in the world.
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